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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Worcester Telegram & Gazette - telegram.com - High court avoids online cases

Students vs. schools at stake


By Maryclaire Dale THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Supreme Court has passed up a set of cases for the online age — whether schools may censor students who are off-campus when they create online attacks against school officials and other students.

The court let stand the suspension of a West Virginia high school’s “Queen of Charm,” who created a Web page that suggested another student had a sexually transmitted disease, and invited classmates to comment.

The court also left alone rulings that said schools could not discipline two Pennsylvania students for MySpace parodies of their principals that the students created at home. An appeals court, following 40-year-old case law on student speech, said the posts did not create substantial disruptions at school.


Worcester Telegram & Gazette - telegram.com - High court avoids online cases

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